Canberra singer Lucy Sugerman wins Australian Busking Championships in Cooma
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Canberra singer Lucy Sugerman wins Australian Busking Championships in Cooma

It's been a couple of big weeks for Lucy Sugerman​. The 14-year old singer has managed to pull off two big wins and perform in a massive concert – fitting it all in around school.

On October 30, the St Clare's College student performed as the opening act for The Voice star Amber Nichols at the Arboretum. Amber has been a big fan of Lucy's since she was shown a video of the teenager singing.

Fourteen-year-old singer Lucy Sugerman ... two big wins and a concert.

Fourteen-year-old singer Lucy Sugerman ... two big wins and a concert. Credit:Jay Cronan

"The Arboretum concert was a beautiful night and I am so proud to say I was a part of it. Opening for Amber Nichols was an incredible experience that I will never forget," she said.

"I just want to say thank you to Amber for bringing me on the journey as I learnt so much from her and she is one of the most genuine, kind and talented people you will ever meet."

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Five days later, Lucy won best solo artist at the CIT School Band Competition.

Then it was down to Cooma on November 7 for the Australian Busking Championships, where she won first place and $500 in the 13 to 17-year-old category.

"Performing at the championships is an amazing experience because you meet so many new people, get to see some incredible performers, learn heaps of new things about busking and get to play in the beautiful town of Cooma," she said.

As part of her six, half-hour sets, Lucy performed a mix of covers and originals, including her song Reach Daylight, which she wrote, "for refugees who didn't make it".

With the summer school holidays not far away, Lucy said she plans to fill them with music.

"I am planning to spend lots of the time working on my album, which will hopefully be out by April next year," she said.

"I have just finished the process of writing all the songs for it."

You can next catch Lucy at the Tuggeranong Festival, Saturday, November 21, at 6pm and the Handmade Markets at EPIC on December 12 and 13. See lucysugerman.com.

Jil Hogan is an food and lifestyle reporter at The Canberra Times.

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